Judge totally misses the fucking point

Saw this story in the local paper today in which it transpires that a man has been convicted of having sex with an underage girl. He was 22 and she was 13 when the offence took place. As you can see from the article, he “took advantage of a drunk teenager at a party.”

She was 13 years old. Only just into secondary school really. She was not an adult and she was 3 years too young to be having sex in the eyes of the law. She could not legally consent to sex. Sex with someone who does not or cannot consent to sex is rape, end of story. Even if this girl stripped at the party and danced around Steven Pollock singing “let’s spend the night together” she was not consenting to sex because in the eyes of the law, 13 year olds cannot consent to sex. And she was, according to the report, drunk. She might not have been so drunk she didn’t know what she was doing, but 13 year olds aren’t known for their ability to handle their drink, so there’s a fair chance she was pretty drunk. The responsible thing for Steven Pollock to do was to leave her the fuck alone. For Lord Turnbull to say “the offence arises out of consensual conduct” is for him to totally miss the point. A 13 year old cannot legally consent to sex, and Steven Pollock should have been convicted of rape.

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